Kalighat Paintings refer to the class of paintings and drawings on hand-made or more usually on machine-made paper produced by a group of artists called. Kalighat Paintings is a form of Indian modern art that is inspired by religious and mythological characters as well as civil life. Kalighat paintings, as the name suggests, were created in the Kali Temple area on the ghat (bank) of the Burin Ganga (a canal diverging from the Ganges River) .

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From these paintings we can get a good glimpse of the religious and social life of Bengal during the paintinys and nineteenth centuries. This painting is a statement on sexuality and the presence and acceptance of same-sex relationships in Hindu stories and art.

Many think that the name of Calcutta is only a corruption of Kalighatalthough this is disputed. It is one of the most well-recognized forms of Indian modern art that has been witnessed paintinngs.

Mukul Dey Archives wanted. Their move to settle around the temples, especially Kalighat Temple, was deliberate because this is kalighaat the themes of their art were most appreciated. Artwork Shape Square 5 Apply Square filter. Nabin Kills Elokeshi Figure 6: These paintings, in fact, were made by artisans of different professions such as potters, stoneworkers, and carpenters. Girl combing her hair.

Although it is obvious pajntings there would have first been a sketch and an outline and eventually the filling of the motif, it is interesting to learn about the unconventional tools used to make these paintings.

Kalam Patua grew up with his uncle and aunt, artisans who made clay idols.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India)

Later on, imported paintinngs water colours were available from Britain and patuas took full advantage of these cheaper materials, avoiding use of home-made colours. Thoughtful, informative and polite comments are welcome. January 1 – 5. Kalam Patua upholds the Kalighat tradition of observing contemporary society, showing here diners at a local restaurant, with obsequious waiters, bearded intellectuals, a blue-skinned business man, and dreamy young women.


Today the practice of Kalighat paintings still continues in the villages of Bengal where the rich traditions are proudly being carried out by the patuas which are being handed down through the generations.

The Bodleian Kkalighat in Oxford holds Kalighat paintings. Nurture discovery and inspire wonder in your students through the power of authentic art, culture, and nature objects! Then a third member of the family would put in the proper colours in different parts of the body and the background, and last of all the outlines and finish would be done in lamp black.

Horizontal 2 Apply Horizontal filter. Laundry Room 8 Apply Laundry Room filter. Other colours would mostly be homemade, being prepared by squeezing different vegetables or by grinding the various stones and earth of different colours. Bengalis Bengali renaissance List of Bengalis.

Garage 10 Apply Garage filter. Among the deities that the Kalighat artists painted, the goddess Kali was a favorite. Inspired by the angel sculpture on the roof of the Victoria Memorial Building in Kolkata, Patua has imagined the angel coming to life, soaring malighat a kneeling tourist who tries to capture her with his camera.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India) — Google Arts & Culture

The Oriental Kalighat paintings depict gods, goddesses, mythological characters as well as scenes from religious Hindu texts. A pair of pigeons.

He tells his parents he will fly in it one day, and they smile at his ignorance. Woman Leading Sheep – man. Explore our online art gallery and grab your choice of painting or portraits or craft. To avoid being swept away, Patua holds on to a stick that his uncle carries in his mouth. Catalogue Publications Projects Contact Us. Lady with a Peacock Figure 3: Besides being an art form, it is also used as a modern motif in the creation of fashionable ethnic Indian garments.

In Hindu iconography, snakes often represent divinity, and the legend of the snake goddess Manasa Mangala is especially popular in West Bengal. They would generally mix these paaintings with water and gum and mould them on a round stone with a granite muller. Nursery 10 Apply Kalignat filter. Kalighat pata painting, early twentieth century, Calcutta.


This, however, has played a great role in widening the scope of its lalighat and bringing it to younger people whose interest lies more in unique fashion than in modern art forms.

One artist would in the beginning, copy in pencil the outline from an original model sketchand another would do the modeling, depicting the flesh and muscles in lighter and darker shades. Soon after that a number of skilled artists moved to Kolkata kalighxt the rural Bengal especially from 24 Paraganas and Ialighat and set up stalls outside the Temple.

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Kalighat means bathing ghat by the shrine of Kali. Connect with vibrant ROM communities and access our extensive collections and curatorial expertise. Unable to take part in the protests that swept the city, Patua created a small group of paintings to honour Nirbhaya and to portray the chilling brutality of her attackers.

Due to this, there are two types of Kalighat paintings that one can witness, Oriental and Occidental. The central female figure is shown supporting her lover and an angelic child while she stoically gazes ahead, her body still and statuesque, straight despite the weight of a branch that grows out of her heart.

The male figure has the blue skin of Krishna, and the delicately painted sky with its stylised kalighatt also suggest divinity, contrasting with the balding, earthly figure who is trying to seduce the posing beauty.

The material evidences like type of paper and colours used by the patuas point towards the first half of the 19 th century for the origin of the type.

However, the paintings have attained its pinnacle in between and